West Coast road trips always include a unique challenge — from getting used to a three-hour time difference to playing an unfamiliar opponent — and the Orioles headed west after the end of a successful seven-game homestand hoping to bring momentum with them.

"It's never easy," third baseman Manny Machado said. "Every night's hard. You've got to go out there and produce. Some days you feel great. Some days you feel like crap. You've just got to go out there and grind it out and keep playing baseball.


"We're finally playing good baseball. Things are starting to sink in and the pitching staff is doing well. The bullpen is coming in and holding games. We're finally starting to get some key hits and try to continue doing the little things and start getting some wins."

The Orioles' next two opponents — they open their 10-game, 10-day road trip with three games in Anaheim, Calif., against the Los Angeles Angels followed by four in Oakland — are teams they will see plenty of over the next three weeks. After not facing those teams all season, they will play the Angels and A's in 13 of their next 16 games, facing each team at home after returning from the West Coast.

The team's trip will end with three games against the Seattle Mariners, another team in the playoff hunt.

"We've got a tough road," manager Buck Showalter said. "Anaheim is the only team playing better than Kansas City when we played them. Seattle is making moves and playing well. Oakland in that place, you never know what you're going to get."

The Orioles were 3-8 in those three cities last season, winning two of three in Anaheim, but lost three of four in Oakland and were swept in four games in Seattle, though they were three separate road trips because of an interleague schedule against the National League West.

Trumbo on track: Showalter said that designated hitter-outfielder Mark Trumbo remains on track to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to return from a right rib cage strain.

"He had a good day today," Showalter said. "It looks like Wednesday is going to happen. .. He was out here early."

Former Orioles slugger and MLB manager, hitting coach Don Baylor dies at 68

Don Baylor, who played for six seasons with the Orioles, died at age 68

Around the horn: The Orioles participated in a postgame ceremony to honor Don Baylor, who died Monday after a battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor debuted with the Orioles in 1970 and began his 19-year big league career in Baltimore, playing with the O's from in parts of six seasons. He played four years with the Angels from 1979 to '82, winning the AL MVP in 1979. "He was a big part of a lot of good Orioles teams," Showalter said. "He impacted a lot of people's lives, boy. A life well-lived. People talk about him reverently as a hitting coach and as a manager." … Utility infielder Ryan Flaherty received an off day from playing in his minor league rehab assignment for a right shoulder strain. Flaherty reached base six times (4-for-4, two walks) on Sunday playing for Double-A Bowie in his hometown of Portland, Maine. He's hitting .333/.511/.455 with four homers, 11 RBIs in 10 minor league games, but his return still doesn't seem imminent as he gets work at all infield spots and both corner infield positions. His 30-day rehab window expires next Tuesday. "He's progressing well," Showalter said. "His arm's getting better every day. Just getting used to throwing again. He's played all over." … Low Class-A Delmarva left-hander Alex Wells was named South Atlantic League Player of the Month for July after going 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA over five quality starts for the Shorebirds last month. He allowed just 13 hits over 31 innings and struck out 26 batters with no walks. Opposing batters hit just .124 against him. Wells, 20, is 9-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He had a 36-inning scoreless streak that was snapped in his last outing on Friday.

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